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Chapter by chapter, the best parts of Leah Remini’s book ‘Troublemaker’

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Last week, we revealed the contents of numerous “Knowledge Reports” — spying dispatches — that Scientologists submitted about Leah Remini, and which form the basis for some of the most important parts of her new book coming out tomorrow, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. We were careful, at that time, just to stick to the parts of the book that were related to what was in the KRs, which we had obtained some time ago.

Now, with just a day to go before publication, we’re going to talk a little more about just some of the things we found to be important in the rest of this landmark book.

Introduction. When we sat down to read Leah’s book several weeks ago, we really wondered about her subtitle: “Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.” We figured she must have a lot of stories to tell about becoming a television actress and then landing her huge success with nine years as Carrie Heffernan on The King of Queens. There was her firing from The Talk to dig into, and her great comeback in the last two years with her reality show, It’s All Relative. With so much Hollywood to discuss, would Scientology be an afterthought?

So it was with some surprise and awe that we read her preface, and we were really knocked out by it. It established without a doubt that Troublemaker is primarily Leah’s journey into and out of Scientology, and what she learned about it along the way. If it’s for the Scientology that you picked up her book, you’ll be cheering by the end of this really strongly written opening salvo. In it, she estimates that she spent about $2 million just for Scientology courses, and donated another $3 million. And she places the blame for the “unraveling” of her faith in Scientology on two people: Leader David Miscavige and actor Tom Cruise.

Chapter 1. We hear it all the time: What is it about Scientology that appeals to people when they first get involved? We thought Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright did a good job addressing that question in Going Clear with testimony from Jason Beghe and Spanky Taylor in particular. But still, some critics felt that they hadn’t done enough to explain why someone would join something as outlandish as Scientology. Leah Remini does a better job than most explaining the appeal of Scientology. At the time she first encountered it, she was just a child living in Brooklyn, and her mother Vicki had become involved in Scientology through her boyfriend at the time. Leah recreates a scene, learning about some of Scientology’s basic concepts from her mother, and how eye-opening they were because they seemed like ways of being treated like more of an adult. (Scientologists believe that even small children are really ancient beings in tiny packages, and often treat them like adults.) For Leah, who was going through typical childhood struggles at the time, this felt like a revelation. And with the early “training routines” focusing on toughening a person in order to withstand criticism and gain confidence, that also appealed greatly to a young girl who was naturally very self-conscious about how others perceived her. Leah does an excellent job making you understand how becoming a part of a group that later turned out to be so toxic could, in the beginning, feel like it was opening up new possibilities for her.

Chapter 2. When she was only 12 years old, Leah signed the billion-year contract of the Sea Organization and then moved to Clearwater, Florida with her sister Nicole, who was also joining the Sea Org, and her mother Vicki, who didn’t qualify for the Sea Org because she’d dropped acid at some point in her past. While working in the Sea Org at “Flag,” the Scientology spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Leah learns the limitations of exerting her desire to be treated as an adult. When she tried to give some of the workers assigned to her the afternoon off after a productive morning, she found herself taken out to the bay in a boat and tossed overboard in the Sea Org tradition. It was quickly dawning on her that the Sea Org not only wasn’t the glamorous experience she hoped it might be, but that it was brutal and unforgiving. When she visits her baby half-sister, Shannon, she finds a disturbing nursery scene that will remind you of the horrific conditions that drove Spanky Taylor to rescue her daughter, Vanessa, in a key moment from the film Going Clear. But here is the difference we couldn’t help noticing: Spanky saw those conditions and ran away (after some waffling). Leah, even after leaving the Sea Org because of its bizarre and harsh treatment of children, stayed in Scientology for another 30 years despite what she’d seen. We would have liked to see her wrestle with that a bit more.

Chapter 3. Naturally, Leah’s account about her “petting” incident in the Sea Org which she mentioned during the 20/20 interview is getting a lot of attention. Leah admitted to letting a boy touch her breasts over her clothes, and it put at risk her dreams of moving into the even more hardcore Sea Org group, the Commodores Messengers Organization, which served L. Ron Hubbard more directly. Yes, Scientology’s ideas about sex can be pretty ridiculous, but we hope what people focus on more in this chapter is that what ultimately forced Vicki to pull her daughters out of the Sea Org was that they were facing its notorious prison detail, the Rehabilitation Project Force. Leah describes the deprivations of the RPF, which included wearing heavy black clothes, running everywhere, scrounging for table scraps, and never speaking to other people unless spoken to. It’s chilling to think that such a prison environment exists in the US today, run by a non-profit “church” that benefits from tax-exempt status bestowed on it by the US government. And we hope readers are curious to learn about how some Sea Org members, like Laura DeCrescenzo, spent years stuck in the RPF. Chuck Beatty spent seven years in the prison detail, and while we were in Australia recently we met a man who spent twelve years as a prisoner of the RPF.

Chapter 4. After ditching the Sea Org, the Remini girls, with their mother Vicki, headed for Los Angeles. And we learn another key idea about what it’s like to grow up in Scientology. On the one hand, when you’re struggling to make ends meet, the pressure to stay on course down at the local Scientology “org” and pay for more courses can be ferocious and a real burden. On the other hand, Leah and Nicole and Vicki were also able to plug into the network of Scientologists who ran businesses catering to other Scientologists. Leah describes how, after dropping out of school in the eighth grade, she got by with the help of Scientologists willing to give her simple jobs. This certainly rings true with what we’ve heard from many others, who tell us that one of the things that then makes it difficult to leave is giving up the business relationships you’ve developed over the years.

Chapter 5 & 6. It’s always interesting to read about how a successful person got that way, and here we learn about how Leah scratched and clawed her way into the acting profession. We know what you’re wondering — did Scientology, which advertises this notion, give her a leg up? Leah wants you to believe that Scientology really didn’t help her a lot in Hollywood, and if anything she played down her connection to the church whenever she was looking for jobs or then acting in a series. She did manage to first land an agent because a friend she knew in Scientology was dating Juliette Lewis’s brother, and she also admits that doing Scientology’s “Training Routines” — communication drills — might have helped her prepare for auditions. But in general, she credits hard work, her Brooklyn upbringing, and some good luck with landing her first roles.

Chapter 7. The tabloids will likely focus on Leah’s assertion that Jennifer Aniston was down to earth and very “real,” but for us the really interesting thing Leah discusses in this chapter is the nature of moving up Scientology’s “Bridge.” She talks about auditing and the e-meter (but relies on Scientology’s own definition of the machine, sadly), describes stopping people on the street to judge their emotional Tone Level (just like Tom Cruise did with Tommy Davis) and about how much pressure there was to spend hours each day progressing on your courses. Scientologists often struggle to describe Scientology to outsiders, and we wish Leah could have been a little more skillful here when she describes auditing at some length. Perhaps she’s still gaining some perspective on it herself. But then, the light goes on: it will later begin to dawn on her, after all the courses and auditing and training and pressure, what Scientologists end up becoming expert in is being Scientologists.

Chapter 8 & 9. Leah talks about going from someone who slept around a lot to finding the love of her life, Angelo Pagán, the man she calls the Cuban Frank Sinatra. (We’ve met Angelo and can say he’s every bit as genuine and charming as he comes off in It’s All Relative.) Only after she began sleeping with Angelo did Leah learn that he was married. She says that she reacted by getting him to take a course in Scientology and then also paid a large sum to get Angelo and his wife Scientology marriage counseling (which is very nutty, but Leah left that part out). But Angelo ultimately decided he wanted to be with Leah, and he broke up with his wife. Leah then goes into her years on King of Queens, and she talks about how the crew was a great big happy family.

Chapter 10. Leah introduces the notion of a “Knowledge Report” — a snitching report — and how much Scientology’s system of “ethics” can take over your life. In her case, she found herself answering to a young Sea Org ethics officer named Julian Swartz, who told her it was unbecoming for her to be involved with a man and not be married. So, on July 19, 2003, she and Angelo were married in Las Vegas. Before that, however, Angelo’s ex-wife talked to Star magazine about Leah and about the Scientology marriage counseling she went through, and Leah then had a brush with Scientology’s toxic “disconnection” policy. She says that an ethics officer told her that because of the Star article, she would need to disconnect from her own husband, or he would have to disconnect from his ex-wife and their children. She apparently ignored this suggestion. More importantly, she finds out that she’s pregnant, and her daughter Sofia becomes the major focus in her life.

Chapter 11. Through much of the book, and especially in this chapter, Leah tells us about her friend Sherry, whom she met when they were very young and were both working for Scientology. She doesn’t explain that this is Sherry Ollins, who we’ve written about a few times, and who showed up on an episode of It’s All Relative. Sherry’s brother is Stefan Castle, who was involved in one of the most dramatic stories of escape from Scientology and was profiled in Janet Reitman’s 2011 book, Inside Scientology. For Leah, Stefan’s problems with David Miscavige were a nuisance — at the time, she resented Sherry bringing her to meet with Stefan to hear about his problems with Scientology, and she dutifully reported the incident to her ethics handler, Master-at-Arms Julian Swartz. At that time, 2005, she still had high regard for Scientology leader David Miscavige and his wife, Shelly, whom Leah met for the first time that year. Despite what her friend Sherry was telling her about how David Miscavige had mistreated her brother, Leah wasn’t ready yet to hear such negative talk about Scientology.

Chapter 12, 13 & 14. As a Scientology celebrity, Leah was under constant pressure to give large sums in donations. After a $1 million donation, Leah says she got to spend time with Tom Cruise, and it was clearly a reward for her largesse. She soon became a member of his entourage, which is how she got invited to his house one evening so her husband, Angelo, could give Tom a salsa dancing lesson. This was when she first realized that Tom and Katie Holmes were an item, and she joked that they should “get a room” because they were all over each other. As she and Angelo attended more dinners at Tom’s house, she began to see how much Tommy Davis and Jessica Feshbach, Sea Org “handlers” for Tom and Katie, were always around. Because of their growing friendship, Leah and Angelo were invited to Tom and Katie’s wedding. We already covered much of the detail about the wedding in our story last week, as well as Leah’s subsequent punishment at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater for daring to speak up about the things she saw in Rome.

Chapter 15. BBC journalist John Sweeney will be interested to see what Leah has to say about him in the book. She admits now that she was appalled by the behavior of Tommy Davis and other church operatives who bad-mouthed Sweeney behind his back. She notes with some irony that Sweeney’s 2007 BBC film about Scientology aired right as King of Queens was finishing its nine-year run. Leah then went to The Talk, and we’re sure that her account of what led to her ouster from that program will stir up people who keep track of such things. It seems very juicy, but we just don’t have enough background in catty daytime TV fights to know how significant or new her account is.

Chapter 16, 17 & 18. When Katie Holmes ditched Tom Cruise in June 2012, Leah suddenly felt vindicated. Over the next few months, Leah went on the warpath with her handlers, as was described in the “Knowledge Reports” that we revealed last week. Leah wanted back the $300,000 she had spent in Flag following the Cruise wedding (which she eventually got back after meeting with David Miscavige), and she wanted Miscavige and Swartz to pay attention to the complaints she increasingly had about the direction Scientology was going in. She continues to ask about the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige as she begins to read about Scientology on websites, and what she reads there horrifies her. By early 2013, her handlers are sufficiently concerned about her that they have her Scientology friends file Knowledge Reports about her. But then the rest of the world finds out about Leah’s disaffection courtesy of this website in July 2013. The sequence of events related in “Troublemaker” is a bit confused here, and it reminds us that Leah was dictating this book to a writer and editor at Ballantine who were trying to get things right (they’re thanked in the back). It’s too bad they didn’t check with us about that crucial period, July to August, 2013, so they could have avoided some errors. But the larger point is well made: Leah finally was on a collision course with the truth. Reading the infamous Debbie Cook email, reaching out to Mike Rinder, and reading her “SP websites,” Leah could no longer ignore what was really going on in Scientology.

Chapter 19. After leaving Scientology, Leah was able to count on Jason Beghe, Paul Haggis, and Jennifer Lopez as her Scientology friends began to scatter. She says she also drew inspiration from Nicole Kidman. But it’s her family that means the most to her, and she admits that people are surprised when she tells them she isn’t angry at her mother Vicki for bringing Scientology into their lives. Now that her family all came out of the experience together, they’re closer than ever.

It’s pretty obvious to us, meanwhile, that Leah Remini and her family frighten David Miscavige down to the soles of his shoes. Leah has suffered none of the harassment that Scientology has thrown at other former ex-members, even prominent ones. Leah has been left alone, unless you count the hilariously backfiring public statements Miscavige puts out under the name of his media mouthpiece, Karin Pouw.

And even though both Ballantine Books and ABC have both been no doubt buried under an avalanche of sternly-worded lawyer letters from Scientology in the last few weeks, the book will come out tomorrow, and Scientology will do nothing about it, just like it couldn’t stop ABC’s interview last week. (Though ABC has caved in the past.)

Leah Remini’s Troublemaker will put Scientology in the spotlight like nothing before. And Scientology never looks good when it’s flooded with revealing light.

 
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BOOK NOTES
3D-Unbreakable

We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Our book tour is concluded for now. We’ll let you know about future appearances. Previous events: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24), Phoenix (9/15), Cleveland (9/23), Minneapolis (9/24), Portland (9/27), Seattle (9/28), Vancouver BC (9/29), Sydney (10/23), Melbourne (10/25), Adelaide (10/28), Perth (10/30)

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on November 2, 2015 at 07:00

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  • ReallyMGM

    I hit the sack early last night, but the last thing I did was go toTony’s Amazon site and order Troubermaker for preorder today. When insomnia hit a half hour ago, there it was waiting for me on my iPad Kindle app! Yippee! Now I have something to read at the hair stylist tomorrow (and tell others to buy.) Happy Troublemaker Tuesday everyone!

    • Juicer77

      Bunker insomnia strikes again! It’s a phenomenon, I tells ya!

      • ReallyMGM

        Unfortunately mine is related to this RA flare (or whatever it is) that is plaguing me. I dread finding out what it is cause it could be worse than RA.

        Quite honestly, the Bunker has saved me the last six months, not only for the hellhole my Facebook and Twitter became but a place to discuss my interest in Scientology (and cults in general). I didn’t know there were so likeminded souls out here! I have become so fond of the people here without never meeting a single person face-to-face. (Although one lives close by and we plan to get together for lunch soon.)

        • Juicer77

          Plan on a three-hour lunch 😉 Ask Max Spaceman, he’ll tell you I’m not kidding! Sorry you’re having an RA flare and it’s messing with your sleep, as well. That certainly cannot help. It’s hard to face a diagnosis and harder to face a complex one, but IMHO I’d rather know what was going on so it could be given the best treatment available. Sending you healing thoughts!

  • Kay

    I can’t sleeeepppp…….I guess no one else here can either. Maybe it’s an epidemic?

    • Juicer77

      It’s nearly lunchtime here :) But yes, there seems to a US sleep deprivation experiment going on. (f5) Whoooooooo’s up?

      • ReallyMGM

        i never knew you were “across the pond!”

        • Juicer77

          Very recent move, for a couple years. We will be going back to the US.

          • ReallyMGM

            Oh, that’s right! That sounds like so much fun! You’ll be there long enough to experience everything on my bucket list! I want to visit Scotland so bad it is killing me! Others dream of beache, but I want to see Dunvegan Castle.

            • Juicer77

              Another one to add to my list. We have a LONG list :)

    • Juicer77

      Also, check out Brad McBride’s channel on YouTube. He has created a whole series of natural sound videos for sleep. They’re really creative and fun.

      • Kay

        I will try that !!! Thanks

    • ReallyMGM

      Welcome to the club, Kay! I looked at my clock, though and I did get at least 6 hours. That should get me through most of the day.

  • AmoVolare

    As some of you suggested, I post again what I put on people article to reply to some trolls out there.
    This comment of mine had unespected appreciations, Thaks to all.
    “Let’s take Scientology statements as true: thousands of defroked apostates out there formerly high members (or just members) of the Church. So, in thousands of cases the Tech did not work? Now, that there are more SPs than scientologists how can someone believe that becoming a scientologists make you a better human beeing? Most of those that joined are now horrible people, according to Scientology itself”

    • Tracy Schmitz

      great post! and taken for a great angle! and no matter what those still in (do they believe that thousands have left? do they know? do they know that high ranking officials and spokespersons and members of the founder and current leader’s OWN family have left?) can’t use the excuse of “oh well, they were bad people anyway” or “oh well, so it didn’t work for them, the tech, it works for me!” the point being the tech is supposed to work 100% for 100% every time for 100% everyone isn’t it?! another point to be made is the ridiculous excuse scientology has themselves put out about people that “they weren’t bad until they left or only became bad when they were starting to leave! UTTERLY RIDICULOUS!… as mark rathbun said “if i was such a bad person, how did i move up so high? if i was such a bad person, how was i made the chief auditor of tom cruise for years? if i was so bad after being all these things, why didn’t the infallible tech work on me? and for me, NOT to go bad?…

      • Ann Ashley

        I am just a little fish in the pond of ex-scientologists but felt it important to immediately speak up when I left. So I did. Glad Tony had a website for that.
        From the very beginning, I have been ridiculed, insulted, and called names on this board by two members who have been here for a couple years. Many others were fast to jump into that unwarranted attack and create a juvenile pile-on.
        There are literally thousands of little fish like me. Little fish make schools, which turn into bigger schools. It is doubtful they will congregate in an area of predators.

  • Juicer77

    And in other religious news, what the……? Buddhist monks getting uptight about female body parts? http://jezebel.com/burmese-womens-rights-activists-get-death-threats-from-1740014344

  • Eleventy

    Finished. Can we crown Tom Cruise “King of the Douches”?

    • Juicer77

      Wow, you are fast!

      • Eleventy

        I started reading as soon as it hit my app. Stopped only for dinner and finished right on bed time. I didn’t want to put it down.

      • ReallyMGM

        i read fast, but that breaks my records!

    • kemist

      Mmmmmm….

      Only if Grant Cardone can be the Emperor of Douches.

      • Eleventy

        The Chamberlin of Douches?

      • Miss Tia

        Grant Cardone is the Douchiest douche who ever douched!

      • ReallyMGM

        I prefer to think of Grant Cardone as the Court Jester along with Bodhi Elfman.

  • Juicer77

    Comment on Gawker article re: Leah Remini… Hello James, who says he “goes to Tony Ortega’s site all the time.” :)

    • ReallyMGM

      Tony has hinted “you wouldn’t believe who lurks on the Bunker.” I have wondered if Leah has popped in from time to time!

      • Juicer77

        You’re probably right.

        • JeffCigar

          Why can’t Tony get a life and keep a job over this obsession??

          • Juicer77

            Is that a rhetorical question?

            • JeffCigar

              He’s your cult leader. Shouldn’t you know this person that can’t think for themselves?

  • Eleventy

    If you are so inclined, if you have more than one email address, you can move into rodeo drive, next door to me. It’s not much, just a place I spend the weekend at when I want to purchase goods, but don’t live in the right country to buy them.

  • ReallyMGM

    New post up!

  • Tracy Schmitz

    hi everyone! question i’m pondering: why hasn’t and isn’t? leah remini on any of the late night talk shows that i think would reach a more or at least a “different” audience then the morning shows? could it be butt kissers of cruise like fallon and kimmel don’t want her disparaging him to a mass audience?

    • Grrr. Argh.

      That or it’s harder for authors to get that much attention? I don’t know why this story isn’t getting more attention frankly.

    • Ann Ashley

      Leah did get mentioned 6:30 this a.m. on PBS by stand-up comedian Kathy Griffin being interviewed by Tavis Smiley. Tavis asked Kathy something to the effect of being worried about retribution from different people when she made jokes about them and Kathy immediately brought up Scientologists waiting outside her performances in Clearwater, said it was “the hub” for Scientology, mentioned Leah’s book, and compared Scientology to the Moonies. This was satire, but it tells a lot about the “think” about Scientology in the entertainment world.

  • Observer

    Captain Miscavige keeps sending more and more chickens out, oblivious to the fact that they’re immediately coming back to roost …

    F5

    • MostEthicalPimp

      I really can’t help but feel bad for the guy. He’s only education has been in Hubbardwashing combined with his own natural sociopathic tendencies. One can really see how he wouldn’t know any better. I really hope his future prison psychiatrist is able to get him the help he desperately needs. /sarcasm.

  • Moronbusters

    I have read all the book notes so far on here but cannot tell if Remini has realized that LRH & scientology itself is criminal. Or, does she just think that Miscavige made a “good thing” bad?

    • Grrr. Argh.

      I think she might still be recovering and deprogramming and I think that’s okay. Not the ideal situation, but still a situation.

  • Lacey Sheridan

    I certainly hope that Leah Remini is not your primary ally in the anti-Scientology wars. This is, essentially, a stupid and silly woman. And as a self-confessed liar, how seriously will people take her claims?

    The thirty years in that outfit don’t appear to have made a serious dent in Remini; she was, and remains, “straight outta Brooklyn.”

    • Moronbusters

      Really Lacey? I’ve known her for over 30 years and don’t remember you. Do you know her? Or are you just a pathetic, sub-50 IQ troll?

    • Moronbusters

      I looked at your train of comments Lace. You are an OSA troll. Shoulda known.

      • Lacey Sheridan

        Sorry, what is OSA? If that’s something in Scientology, you’re about as wrong as it gets. I’m an atheist. I am just tired of these repetitive attacks on this group, which is probably no worse than most religions. Frankly, I have seen anything like this, and it concerns me. I think it should concern every citizen who believes in the First Amendment.

        See columnist Andre Peyser this week on the targeting of Scientology. It isn’t that this, or any religion, should be defended when it abuses its authority. But considering the issues with other major world religions, why the focus on this sect whose members have the option to bail – and do? As far as I know, Scientologists do not produce pedophile clergy or child suicide bombers.

        • Moronbusters

          LMAO! Killing people is okay with you. God, what a scumbag you are.

          • Lacey Sheridan

            More melodrama. And, BTW, there is no god.

          • JeffCigar

            Proof?

        • Luke Martinelli

          I’m trying to work out if this Lacey douche nozzle is a failed troll, a failed spy or just a failed life.

      • Grrr. Argh.

        She has to be. She was trolling on People yesterday.

    • 0tessa

      I can tell you: her claims are taken very seriously indeed.

      • Lacey Sheridan

        Not as far as I can tell. And what, precisely, are her claims? She appears to have clung stubbornly to this organization, despite working in the entertainment industry and having friends who were non-Scientologists. This wasn’t her whole world.

        People who involve themselves with such a group are complicit in what happens to them.

      • JeffCigar

        By who? The Gullible?

    • madame duran

      I certainly hope that Leah Remini is not your primary ally in the anti-Scientology wars.

      Is that your hope or is it your FEAR that Remini is now an ally (primary or otherwise) speaking out against the abuses of Scientology?

      how seriously will people take her claims?

      Why don’t you check how well her book is selling on Amazon.com these days and peruse any pop culture/entertainment blog or website that’s mentions Leah to read what people are currently saying about Scientology (remove the nanny filter on your computer so you can read “entheta” sites. Assuming you are “able” to handle it).

      The thirty years in that outfit don’t appear to have made a serious dent in Remini; she was, and remains, “straight outta Brooklyn.”

      Couldn’t resist taking a swipe on Brooklyn, huh? I’m sure that would make Scientology even more enduring to the people over there. NOT!!!
      I would hazard to guess it was her down-to-earth, no-nonsense, street smart Brooklyn roots & upbringing that ultimately saved her from further ruin. She asked important questions when it was “inconvenient” and she was dogged in her determination to get an answer. On the other hand, she credits Scientology for giving her the confidence to be bold and persistent…even when confronting the out-ethics behaviour of Tom Cruise and David Miscavige. *shrugs shoulders* Either way, she’s no longer bound to cower from Miscavige like the rest of the Scientology. Kudos to her for standing up for what’s right.

      • Lacey Sheridan

        People are interested in Remini’s book for it’s gossip potential, particularly dirt on Tom Cruise. So much has been obvious in headers for the past ten days; they’re all about him.

        I have no idea what “entheta sites” are, but I have heard enough about Scientology for a while. The hysteria surrounding a small sect that affects a tiny portion of the population is incredibly disproportionate. There are major world religions with destructive aspects, such as Catholicism and Islam; time would be much better spent focusing on them.

        You describe Remini as ‘down-to-earth, no-nonsense and street smart,” yet she remined with this outfit for thirty years. From what she wrote in the book, it appears that, rather than leaving volitionally, she was asked to go. The book seems more like a vengeful fundraiser than an expose. What did she “reveal” that hasn’t been said before? That Cruise likes to play hide-and-seek? What does that have go do with Scientology?

        I have no interest in religion; I don’t care who your imaginary friend is. But other people have the right to make their own choices. Remini chose to remain in Scientology for many years; she now has chosen to be an apostate. if people want to surrender themselves to Xeno, or the Trappists, or the Amish time travelers, the First Amendment guarantees that they can do so freely.

        • JeffCigar

          If Remini wasn’t kicked out she would still be a Scientologist.

          • Lacey Sheridan

            I think you may well be right.

      • JeffCigar

        Wow, Get an enema and calm down girl.

        • madame duran

          Please forward that memo to Mr. David Miscavige, courtesy of me. Thanks.

          • JeffCigar

            Do it yourself.

    • ChristinaRi

      Is there anyone who has not lied multiple times in their lives? Anyone who says they have not is surely lying. What makes Leah’s story believable is that things she says have been corroborated by many people. Here on this site, a man who gave truth rundowns and was subjected to a truth rundown, gives details about that process that confirm Leah’s description . David Miscaviage’s own niece (as well as others) confirms things that Leah says about working in the sea org and description of the nursery where her sister was kept.

      What is most telling about your post is that you attack and name call Leah Remini and nothing else. This seems to me to be the kind of response a Scientologist would give. There is no dispute as to her descriptions or anything else — just an attempt to degrade and belittle.

      I doubt you will read any responses because you are not open to an ongoing discussion. You want to post your attack and leave. If I am wrong, then please, let us engage rather than resort to ad hominem arguments.

      Finally, there is really nothing wrong with being from Brooklyn.

      • Lacey Sheridan

        I am certainly not a Scientologist; I’m an atheist. I don’t care who your imaginary friend is. I don’t dispute the idiocy of this religion or any other, but it’s incredibly stupid to participate in one for thirty years VOLUNTARILY and then blame the religion for its actions.

        Remini stated in her book that she is a liar. She also said, “I fight with everybody.” What I think she’s spinning here is that she LEFT Scientology; I think she was expelled, or whatever they call it. Tired of her oppositional behavior, I imagine.

        The book is her revenge, and a fundraiser. As you pointed out, she said nothing new. No grand expose – unless it’s a “revelation” that Tom Cruise likes to play hide and seek.

        Her family left with her? I bet. She supports all of them.

        I am confounded by these people who wake up one day and realize they’ve made poor life choices, then, instead of accepting responsibility for their actions, try to blame the organization.

        Remini is no shrinking violet, by her own admission. She battled this church multiple times; she could have walked away whenever she wanted. Others did.

        • Xenu Ate My Baby!

          Pass my salutations along to our mutual pal, Jeff Cigar.

          • Lacey Sheridan

            Who?

          • Lacey Sheridan

            I’m 64 years old; it’s been a long time since i saw Jeff.

      • Xenu Ate My Baby!

        Wow, OSA has worker bees in overdrive, eh? I was attacked and basically sexually harassed Saturday by a fine, upstanding gentleman using the nic JeffCigar. He was at first a teeny bit entertaining, because I guess I was a mood and couldn’t stop myself from engaging with him. No surprise, he had no interest in healthy debate, or even not healthy debate. His obvious prime directive was name calling and intimidation…for a bit, I was convinced it was the great Short Man himself!
        But no, that’s not possible right? His Holy COB wouldn’t waste bandwidth on a wog like me would he?
        Hmmmm…

  • beef

    Leah on Howard Nov 3rd.
    https://soundcloud.com/howardstern

  • sammy21

    gossip site i know….but you know they are talking about Leah here. are they refering to J-Lo for the attack??

    http://blindgossip.com/?p=74671#more-74671
    “This top film actor is really mad at a mostly-television actress who has been talking about him lately. Some of his gang have launched attacks on her credibility, but she isn’t afraid of them.

    Since he isn’t having any success hurting her, he’s got a new
    strategy: In addition to discrediting and attacking the TV actress… he’s
    going to attack a close friend of hers!

    The friend is a multi-hyphenate performer woman who is a bigger star
    than our TV actress. The actor thinks that by going after the
    multi-hyphenate he will get the TV actress to shut up.

    We don’t know what dirt he has on the multi-hyphenate, but if you
    hear negative things about her in the near future, you’ll know who is
    responsible!”

    • Inky

      I think it is. And what a slimy way to get at her – by attacking a friend.

      • sammy21

        yep. but no way will it work. these girls and their family stick together! hope it backfires on him and his cronies

        • dana5570

          I posted this too. I did go with JLo for the friend. That site is a pretty reliable gossip site and many of the blinds get solved after they break them.

  • dana5570

    I’m not reading this post since I got the book and going to start reading it tonight. My fingers are in my ears and I’m saying, “La, la, la.” However, on the blind gossip site I visit, there is an interesting item today that is obviously about Tom Cruise attacking Leah. I went with JLo as the friend. The comments will be great because everyone on that site hates Tom Cruise!
    This top film actor is really mad at a mostly-television actress who has been talking about him lately. Some of his gang have launched attacks on her credibility, but she isn’t afraid of them.

    Since he isn’t having any success hurting her, he’s got a new strategy: In addition to discrediting and attacking the TV actress… he’s going to attack a close friend of hers!

    The friend is a multi-hyphenate performer woman who is a bigger star than our TV actress. The actor thinks that by going after the multi-hyphenate he will get the TV actress to shut up.

    We don’t know what dirt he has on the multi-hyphenate, but if you hear negative things about her in the near future, you’ll know who is responsible!

  • Luke Martinelli

    Just watching the 20/20 interview… Did Leah have some work done on her lips or does she just do that thing with her mouth in an attempt to confuse lip readers?

  • Mymy88

    How’s that sh** tasting butt boy? NOM NOM… I bet it’s really good, especially when served up by Leah Remini just for you, oh and a few others lol. I’d like to think that the late Lisa McPhearson is enjoying your ruin just as much as I am.

    • JeffCigar

      Proof? Evidence? Who was arrested??

      • Mymy88

        You must not have looked into the facts and I’m certainly not going to do it for because I have a feeling you wouldn’t be interested in hearing about them anyway. I am pretty sure you are OSA. Please call this phone number for my real name, address and SSN and that should demonstrate how unafraid I am of your supah powah scientology silencing techniques. OSA has lost it’s fear mongering power. Oh, and here’s that phone number… 1-800-EAT-SHIT.

        • JeffCigar

          “Facts”? Facts have proof and not gossip and rumor. Try talking a LAW class sometime.
          And I’m Jewish “genius”.

          • Mymy88

            Oh right… so you’re Jewish. I see. May your dear leader, errr… I mean may the God of Abraham, forgive me for being a “genius”. Man, if I had any doubt that you really are a Scientologist, you just obliterated it! LOL LOL!

            • JeffCigar

              It’s just God. Perhaps obsess about your religion so you know what it’s about retard?
              Stop bothering me with YOUR problems retard.

            • Mymy88

              Okay, your wish is my command oh highest one. I beg a thousand BT pardons.

              O.B.L.I.T.E.R.A.T.E.D.

            • JeffCigar

              What do you think your God will think about your hatred of something you don’t know?

            • Mymy88
            • JeffCigar

              Did you ever make to church yesterday sinner?

  • Margie8

    I always joke around about the fact that I’m a Mormon and even I think Scientology is crazy but I don’t think I realized just how deadly serious this is. I am just in awe of Leah right now… Everyone who has escaped.
    By the way, is Mr. Ortega a former member? Thanks.

  • Xenu Ate My Baby!

    Almost 6am, finished Leah’s book.
    First, I love that prefaced the whole shebang with some probably not easy things to admit, she’s been a cheater, etc….And flat or says, yep, done some stuff I’m not proud of and scientology will prob drop some serious coin to tell you all the flaws they can muster..
    I think it’s a very brave look at the cult, and she probably has another books worth of dirt she’s not telling. Yet.

    • JeffCigar

      Getting expelled makes Remini “Brave”?

      • Xenu Ate My Baby!

        Expelled???
        Please clarify.

        • JeffCigar

          Kicked out for too many violations. Derp much retard?

          • Xenu Ate My Baby!

            Hmmm. I have seen no evidence that Remini was “kicked out for too many violations”. Link? Docs?
            And aren’t YOU brave, following COB orders and trying to spread lies on the internet? Name calling. So SO brave.

            • JeffCigar

              Press release from the Church Of Scientology. Try watching the NEWS sometime retard.
              Again, if Remini wasn’t kicked out she would still be there. Still think she is “brave” idiot?
              Still think people have to escape when all they do is walk out the front door??
              Are you that gullible?
              Give Leah all your attention she sucks as an actress and needs you!!!!
              WOG…

            • Xenu Ate My Baby!

              Bless your heart, you are precious!
              I truly hope that someday you are able to shake off the brainwashing and mental trickery you’ve been exposed to and your able to return to this WOG world so many of us enjoy. I’m confident if that ever happens you’ll be ashamed of this sort of behavior, but I forgive you.
              Now I’m off to do, well, anything I please. But feel free to come back often and call me names and make yourself look a fool. It can be quite entertaining for us horrible treacherous wogs. Tell COB I said he has short man complex, everyone thinks so.

            • JeffCigar

              Hopefully one day you’ll stop interfering with other people’s religion and focus on yours that you never go to.
              So YOU can call me names but you can’t handle it being dished back at you?
              Perhaps if you are going to cry like a baby you shouldn’t call names or go to another board for special girls like yourself. Ok crybaby?
              FREEDOM OF RELIGION WITHOUT IMMATURITY.
              Find a new topic honey, no one give s a sh*t what you “think” .
              Write a letter to Leah and muff out all over her there instead of here you gay girl.
              Think you can do that lesbo?? Do we all need to here you gay lesbo love for Remini? Selfish much lezzie? Keep it in your pants Butch and stop posting about it lezzie.

            • Xenu Ate My Baby!

              Hahaha, nope you’re right. I never “go to” my religion….Not sure what names I’ve called you, but I stand by them if I did.
              Crying like a baby? What?
              I’ve not interfered in anyone’s religion, much as I’d love to. Please list the ways you believe I’m interfering in anyone’s religion, let’s discuss!

            • JeffCigar

              What TRUE thing do you believe in that you’ve spew out of your lesbo mouth? Proof? Or rumor/gossip. That’s ALL Tony has. And as your cult leader you just spew it back out as “truth” with no evidence. Try taking a LAW class gossip lesbo.

            • Xenu Ate My Baby!

              p.s. Press release from scientology???? You do realize that proves nothing, right?

            • JeffCigar

              And Leah’s word means anything?? Why do you even care?

            • Xenu Ate My Baby!

              Why do you care?

              Gentle reminder, YOU clicked to this site, and initiated this exchange, apparently to sling insults, and use name calling–because that never makes you look small and ignorant, right?
              Yes, Leah’s word means “anything”…

            • JeffCigar

              And if Leah wasn’t kicked out of Scientology she said she would still be in it. Guess you don’t listen to your girlfriend, do you lesbo?

            • JeffCigar

              Tony didn’t write you an article (because those pieces of shit are so made up) so you sit and know nothing like the stupid girl you are. Go troll Leah Remini. I’m sure she will shoot your brains out psycho lezzie. Try using your brain and not your cunt ass wipe.
              Lesbians can’t do their own research? They need a desperate man to write them a fake article? Has a Tony article ever had ONE PIECE of proof? Nope.

            • Xenu Ate My Baby!

              “If Freedom of Speech bothers you, why are you here???”

            • JeffCigar

              To have MY Freedom of Speech. Derp much retard?

        • JeffCigar

          Can you keep your lesbo fantasies off this board, Butch?
          Go find some muff and shut up. Stupid d*ke.

          • Xenu Ate My Baby!

            Why all the hostility?

            • JeffCigar

              Why all the lesbian love? Do you think anyone want to hear about your wet vagina over Leah Remini? “Listen sweetie, I’s don’t goes that way…”

    • JeffCigar

      Remini isn’t gay for you lesbo.

  • Margie8

    Does anyone know what happened to Tommy Davis and his wife and when? Did they leave, get kicked out or could they be at the prison/hole? Not sure of the terms.

    • ChristinaRi

      Officially they are “on leave” and are working in real estate (I think) in Austin Texas

  • Ruby Marlowe

    Torymagoo44 talked about her tone scale training routine, it was just setting up the us/them personality. I mean, walking around judging someone you’ve never met or spoken to by looks, gesticulations, tone of voice, and carriage? Reading L. Con’s childhood/teen diaries in BFM HE was doing that. As for Lucky Pierre’s tone scale training, didn’t Marty Rathbun (or was it Mike Rinder?) take him and Toothy Tommy to a parking lot in a strip mall? When I read that it made no mention of anybody talking to strangers. Wouldn’t talking with potential fans poison the well and insert bias?

  • JeffCigar

    Where’s Shelly? At home avoiding Leah Remini!!!

  • JeffCigar

    How come none of you POS have any concrete evidence? Just guesses and rumors and Tony’s made up shit articles? Do any of your turds have brains of your own?? Or is Tony your cult leader telling you what to think???

  • consigli3r3

    Chapter 8 and 9
    “She says that she reacted by getting him to take a course in Scientology and then also paid a large sum to get Angelo and his wife Scientology marriage counseling (which is very nutty, but Leah left that part out).”

    Leah felt she had wronged the wife so she had to make “amends” and her “best idea” was to provide what she believed at the time would be the best thing, “auditing.” Amends just like when she paid 40K for food she “stole” at Flag. I hope this helps.